Recent Highlights

Researchers define structure, function of enzyme key to blood cancers
In the journal Nature, Greg Wang, PhD, assistant professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Cell biology Program, and colleagues reported findings about the structure and function of the DNMT3A enzyme complex, which helps control gene expression.
We rank 4th nationally in NIH funding in 2017!
The Department ranks fourth among all Biochemistry departments in the US, up from 9th (both public and private institutions not just public) in 2017.
Gene therapy researchers find viral barcode to cross the blood-brain barrier
Congratulations to Aravind Asokan PhD, Assistant Professor of Genetics with a Joint Appointment in Biochemistry and Biophysics and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member who led UNC scientists to reveal how certain gene-carrying AAV vectors can penetrate the brain more efficiently to treat brain and spinal cord conditions, while reducing liver payload.
Strahl named Smithies Investigator
Congratulations Brian Strahl, PhD, professor and vice chair of the department of biochemistry and biophysics, and Jen Jen Yeh, MD, professor and vice chair of research for the department of surgery, who were selected by the UNC School of Medicine for the annual award in honor of Oliver Smithies, UNC’s first Nobel Prize winner.